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Jasa installation view at On Stellar Rays

Installation view (Jaša)

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Jasa, Apnea's Rhapsody (action 1), 2012

Apnea's Rhapsody (action 1), 2012
Archival pigment print
30-1/2 by 22-1/4 inches

Jasa, Imagine, 2012

Imagine, 2012
Mixed media
9 by 4-1/3 by 2-3/4 inches

Jasa, Carpet (Apnea's Rhapsody), 2012

Carpet (Apnea's Rhapsody), 2012
18 by 98 inches

Jasa, When He Came Trees Bowed Humbly, 2012

When He Came Trees Bowed Humbly, 2012
Print on parchment paper, transfer letters, stickers, paper tape, glue, gifted framed
21-1/2 by 17 by 2 inches

Jasa, Structure of Life Sketch, 2012

Structure of Life's Sketch, 2012
Wood, plaster, paint, print and cement pedestal
8 by 8 by 8 inches

Jasa, Friendly War Fragment 1, 2012

Friendly War Fragment 1, 2012
Archival pigment print
28-1/2 by 20-1/2 inches

Jasa installation view at On Stellar Rays

Installation view (Jaša)

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Apnea’s Rhapsody

June 10 – July 27, 2012

Aimee Walleston for Art in America
Roger Denson for ArtExperience: NYC
Art in America
Chloe Wyma for ARTINFO
Modern Painters

On Stellar Rays presents Apnea’s Rhapsody, a multi-layered installation and performance project by JAŠA, exploring the tension between perceived experiences of awe, ecstasy and beauty, and actual conditions of a specific time and place. The gallery installation will be immersive, including wallpaper, carpeting, furniture, sculpture, video, photography and other surprises. Apnea’s Rhapsody marks the Ljubljana-based artist’s first exhibition in the US.

Like a rhapsody, Jaša’s work is often charged with romanticism, mood and spontaneity, created thorough the layering of familiar contemporary and traditional images. Jaša plays with an excess of seemingly idiosyncratic proverbial visual associations – albeit, with Aesopian hints – that are taken to such extremes that the elemental parts fuse and the total atmosphere overcomes interest in minutiae. Personal narratives also permeate Jaša’s work, often taking on cultural or folkloric forms and recapitulating feelings of euphoria and beauty found within them.

Flight is an important reference in Apnea’s Rhapsody, particularly as it relates to the mythological and visionary aspirations of man. Divergent views of the heavens and the sky in Slavic (Koschei the Deathless, Baby Jaga, Tugarin Zmeevich, Zmeu Gorynich) and Western mythologies (Icarus and Deadalus), as well as later, turn-of-the-century attitudes inherited from such diverse sources as the Wright brothers and Vladimir Tatlin’s Letatlin flying device, play into various sculptures and actions, most prominently in a 8-foot pair of wearable wings, made of black umbrellas, constructed by the artist and his wife in a furious all-nighter, after the discovery of an account of Tatlin’s shared project.

Although allusions to the beautiful and euphoria are ever-present, Jaša’s playful approach and emphasis on the particularities of situation point more to a heightened state of reality than to fantasy. Reality, however complex, multi-layered, absurd or unpredictable, may still offer breathless moments.

Jaša (Mrevlje-Pollak; b. 1978, Ljubljana, Slovenia) graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, Italy and studied classics at the Gimnazija Poljane Ljubljana. He frequently works in collaboration with other artists, with Crash in Progress from 1999-2005, an artists collective with Giorgio Andreotta Caló, Simone Settimo, Peter Furlan & Martina de Lugnani, and recently with Kalu (Luka Uršič), Junzi, Nina Vidrih, Mark Požlep, Jyrki Riekki and Meta Grgurevič among others. Recent solo presentations include The Lovest at The Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana (2011-ongoing); Yellow Dot, official inaugural event at Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana (2012); Dolphin’s Dream at ViaFarini, Milan (2011); and solo exhibitions with Ganes Pratt Gallery, Ljubljana (2010, 2008) and Jerome Zodo, Milan (2011). Recent group exhibitions include The Accademie Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennal (2011); Lords of Dirt at UGM/Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia (2011); The 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana (2010); Realism and Reality in Contemporary Art in Slovenia, curated by Charles Esche, The Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana (2010).